Welcome to Ireland

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
Trip End Oct 01, 2012

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Drumaheglis Caravan Park

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Saturday, August 4, 2012

We departed Bonnie Scotland yesterday and drove to Cairnryan where the ferry terminal is. Stopped to buy some sea sick pills on the way there, just in case, because the North Channel can be rough they say. We did expect it to be as it was very windy, and rain was once again looming over us.The ferry terminal is new and we were very impressed with it. We were rather early but could still book in and relax in the terminal with a cuppa and whatever you would like to eat. Very well done and nice surrounds.Boarded the Stena Line ferry at 11.00 am, the reason I mentioned the name is because the ferry is just fantastic and lovely decor,clean and very very comfortable. I do not expect a large payment from them for giving them a plug, but it is all true. Our pills were a waste of money, the ride was very smooth despite the bad weather. Rick and I found a comfortable little corner to sit in , read our kindles and watched people come and go.
Arrived in Belfast 2 hours and fifteen minutes later, hopped back in Charlie and drove to our spot here. A very nice park situated next to a lake with a small marina as well.Very pleasant.
Woke up this morning to brilliant sunshine and guess what, it is still shining now ( 5 pm ) . Our plan for today was to drive to the Giant Causeway which is close to here. This spectacular rock formation - Northern Ireland's only Unesco Workd Heritage site - is one of Ireland's most impressive and atmospheric landscape features. When you first see it you can understand why the ancients thought that it was not a natural feature. The vast expanse of regular, closely packed. hexagonal stone columns looks for all the world like the handy work of giants. The more logical explanation is that the columns are contraction cracks caused by cooling lava flow some 60 million years ago. Awesome to look at, it's a bit of a walk to get to that point of the causeway but it is well worth walking to there. Some very nice scenery along the way and very good audio description as well.
After our visit to the Causeway we turned Basil off and just followed the sign that took us on the scenic route around the place. This area is not short of very scenic coastline and the Causeway Coast between Ballycastle and Portstewart is as magnificant as they come. Around every corner lays another spectacular surprise.We came across  Carrick-a Rede island which is joined to the mainland by a rope bridge which sways some 30 meters above the pounding waves and is a classic test of nerves. No we did not venture to this, took some photos instead. The queue was just to long for us, besides it was way past our lunch time and went to the pub instead to have a meal.
A great , warm, sunny day today. Saw lots of nice things and talked to some nice people.
tomorrow we will head further south, yes so far Ireland has spoiled us.
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goonermarch on

So glad that your first day in Ireland had such good weather as it sure brought out the best in the photos. Let us hope the weather stays that way.

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